Friday, August 16, 2013

Avoiding Diet Pitfalls

Are you sabotaging your diet and not even realizing it? Chances are YES… you are! Sometimes in our minds we are eating FANTASTI
C but not seeing the results we really want. If this is you, here are four things that could be sabotaging your weight loss:

1)      Grazing – Rather scheduling out your meals, you may find yourself grazing all day long. Grabbing things here and there, when it comes across your sight you end up grabbing a bite. How do you fix this? Make a conscious effort to plan ahead and start scheduling times to eat. Pack healthy, nutritious snacks and set an alarm on your cell phone or computer to remind you to take a break and eat. Having small, balanced meals throughout the day will avoid rabid hunger and you won’t be reaching into that candy dish all the time.

2)      Stress Eating – There is no doubt that many of us turn to food when the stress in our lives gets turned up. I’m a classic example… especially when it came to the stress of my last job. I would go to the store and load up on junk food, and when I look back it really didn’t make me feel better. BLAH is more like it!!! Rather than turning to those foods now, I like to get up and get moving… whether it be a workout or just go on a walk with my family or play in the backyard with my girls. Find an alternative to reaching for that food for comfort. Whatever you do, find OTHER ways to beat the stress!

3)      Unconscious Eating – This is sitting around eating and not even realizing that you are doing it. This is a sneaky one and a huge reason why I encourage people to journal their food using a site such as www.MyFitnessPal.com. Many times when you think you’ve got your eating in order and perfect, you aren’t realizing you grabbed that piece of candy out of the candy basket. When you are forced to record your food somewhere, even if it’s on a piece of paper… that really brings into light what you are putting into your mouth.

4)      Double Portions – Do you own a food scale? If not go NOW and buy one! This is SUCH an important tool when it comes to losing weight. What we might see as “normal” portions in the USA are not actually “correct” portions. When you go out to a restaurant, the servings you receive are likely 2 to 3 servings. Having a food scale on hand to weigh out your food is a HUGE help, especially as you are learning what an actual serving really looks like. As you start to get a handle on these portion sizes, the less you’ll need your scale and my guess is you will also start seeing the weight come off.


I will admit, it’s VERY easy for me to enjoy too large of portions… especially of my favorite food. It’s always a struggle and I just have to remind myself to be aware of it and not forget it. So tell me, do you fall into any of these pitfalls?

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